Ukraine/talks with the Ukrainian President
Late in the afternoon, the French President spoke to President Poroshenko.
They took stock of the implementation of the Minsk agreement of 5 September – in particular, compliance with the ceasefire, monitoring of the Ukraine-Russia border, and the release of hostages.
The French President confirmed that France will lend the OSCE its support in monitoring the Ukraine-Russia border.
He expressed the importance of continuing national dialogue, making progress on defining the modalities of local organization in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and encouraging economic recovery in the Donbass region.
To bolster the implementation of the Minsk agreement, the French President voiced his willingness, when the time comes, to hold a meeting with the German Chancellor and the Ukrainian and Russian Presidents in the so-called Normandy format./.